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The Forbury Roseate
Ranked #2 of 31 Hotels in Reading
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 March 2014

First things first, this is a stunning hotel. The rooms are lovely, the bathrooms perfect, the service exemplary.

The breakfast was outstanding, delivered to our room with no tray charge, which makes a nice change.

The only problem that I had was that the room was far too warm. Admittedly it was an unseasonably warm weekend when we stayed, but the lack of any sort of temperature control in the room means you are rather at the mercy of somebody else's idea of a pleasant temperature. Due to this we had to sleep with the windows open which meant a poor nights sleep due to the traffic noise and people out in the town center. Worth bearing in mind if, like me, you prefer a cool hotel room in which to get a good nights sleep.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

Just a 5 minute walk from Reading Station, The Forbury is next to the Forbury Gardens & the Abbey ruins. The brochure tells you it was built in 1911 as the Shire Hall for Berkshire County Council & is a Grade 1 listed building, & you can certainly still admire the historic detailing with the wide Purbeck marble hallways and high vaulted ceilings.

The reception staff were very pleasant, experienced & hospitable. On your way to your room, don't miss the chandelier which runs the height of the old lift shaft - apparently it has 86,000 Italian glass beads! The atmosphere is fashionable & everywhere is stylishly decorated, the blend of fabrics & wallpaper with clever lighting, artworks & design create a space that looks & feels really special.

My room was no.16 and it was stunning with an under-heated walnut floor, sawn oak furniture, lovely soft furnishings & a comfy 4 poster bed. The room also had a state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen audio-visual system, an espresso coffee machine & a fridge stocked with complimentary water. In the bathroom the bath was spacious and there was also a monsoon shower with luxury fixtures & fittings (although the sink tap wouldn't stop dripping), a stone floor & romantic lighting. Oh and Molton Brown Smellies! Overall a lovely experience & next morning I went downstairs and sank into a comfy sofa with a hot chocolate while waiting for my train. And relax............

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Bubbles73uk
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

Have stayed here on various occasions and always received exceptional service.

I stayed here on the weekend of the 16th February and the experience was only marred by the lack of room service available on the Sunday night and the slightly lack lustre service- felt too much like a reduced service and out of synch with the rest of the experience.

The Forbury however remains one of my favourite hotels and one I will visit again for many years I hope.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

Stayed again with the previous stay a couple of years ago. The hotel has worn very well and does not appear to have aged any since the last time. Room was excellently appointed but atmosphere was very dry and no immediate way of controlling the air conditioning, or maybe I couldn't find the controls!
Excellent bar with great staff and good quality breakfast add up to a lovely stay.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

We went along expecting quote "inspirational eating and drinking at Cerise brasserie and bar is driven by a passion for food and drink.A relaxed modern British style of cooking, fresh quality ingredients etc" " Waiting staff are knowledgeable, educated and informed.Our experience -The restaurant was brightly lit,only five people dining and a gentleman passing our table with a travel
trolley case,perhaps going or coming from the airport!!!

We were presented with a menu with no indication of price - it certainly wasnit the sort of establishment where only the gentleman has those details- We chose two courses and I asked the waitress of she could tell me what the stir fried vegetables were as I don't eat peppers.She had to ask the chef and said there was peppers to which my reply was I will pick them out The meal was delivered and looked disgusting, It had been described as chow (not chowder) bu consisted of a very overcooked piece of fish on top of soup!!! Icoulr not eat it and when I asked the waitress if there were and other vegetables she said "you want chips?" I will not go on anymore because it just got worse.

My main reason for reporting this disastrous event is the fact that I wrote in detail to the management and they have not even had the courtesy to reply. I think this also illustrates the attitude of whoever is in charge there. We eat out at least three times weekly at various venues and have even been invited to be secret diners by one group. We would never recommend this establishment and it is such a shame when the building and reception are are beautiful

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

We visited friends in Reading over the Thanksgiving holiday and stayed in a wonderful two bedroom, two and one-half bath apt with a fully equipped kitchen. The apt was great. Very close to the city center, the train station and lots of cafés and shopping. The apt was very well maintained and clean with maid service twice a week. Only issue was that the hotel did not provide any type of book or folder about the restaurants or other services from the adjacent hotel. Otherwise it was a perfect place for us!

Room Tip: We were in one of the two apts on the eighth floor. Quiet, no street noise. Convenient separate entr...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 December 2013 via mobile

What a great evening - the service was excellent, the food and drink superb, we were in a room that had an intimate atmosphere, and at each place a reminder of the menu order. There was a really good atmosphere. A night to remember!

Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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Additional Information about The Forbury Roseate

Address: 26 The Forbury, Reading RG1 3EJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Reading
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Reading
#1 Luxury Hotel in Reading
#1 Business Hotel in Reading
Price Range: £102 - £250 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Forbury Roseate 5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxury hotel with a private house feel, The Forbury has been designed to meet the needs of the single business person or couple seeking refuge from the “rat race”. The bedrooms and suites provide a sumptuous and stimulating environment. Every feature has been designed with comfort in mind. From huge beds with the finest Egyptian cotton sheets to American walnut floors with underfloor heating and fine Italian chrome bath fittings, nothing has been overlooked. ... more   less 
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